Chocolate and Caramel Slice Bars

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By Nancy Buchanan

28 comments

11/3/2011

by Nancy Buchanan on March 11, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, in my post on Apricot Chicken with Cranberry Rice Pilaf, I confessed one of my deepest, darkest secrets – my penchant for buying new and unusual ingredients at the grocery store and then remorsefully trying to figure out what to do with them.

Well, in the immortal words of Britney Spears “oops, I did it again” – although this time the ingredient wasn’t new, and I had a few ideas of what to do with it.

The ingredient in question is “Lyle’s Golden Syrup”  a british ingredient that my Grandmother grew up with that has become more widely available in recent years. So what exactly is it? Golden cane syrup to be exact – a bit thinner than honey or corn syrup and with a light caramel flavor.

So, what exactly do you make with this?? Well, you could certainly make flapjacks (not pancakes but an early forerunner of the granola bar) or make Chocolate Caramel Slice Bars. Can you guess which one I chose??

Caramel Slice Bars, a.k.a. Millionaire’s Shortbread, Caramel Bars, Windsor Bars, or Milky Way bars are a cross between a bar cookie and a candy. Sinfully rich, they consist of a layer of shortbread topped by a layer of smooth caramel and milk (or in this case semi sweet) chocolate.

Chocolate and caramel slice bars 4 Chocolate and Caramel Slice Bars

I am not going to lie to you, these bars are full of butter – but because they are so rich you won’t be tempted to eat a large portion (or so I keep telling myself, uh huh…) so they aren’t something you’d make everyday. But when nothing else but rich caramel and chocolate will do, these are the bars for you!!!

Curious about flapjacks?? You can find some great recipes for  them here!

Ladles and Jellyspoons - English Flapjacks

Real Epicurean Maple Pecan Flapjacks

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marla {family fresh cooking} March 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

Nancy these treats look amazing. Love that golden syrup!

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Nancy March 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I do too – I’d forgotten how good it is – thinking it would be great in a little granola!!

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Daydreamer Desserts March 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

These are so right up my alley Nancy, and I must confess… I often find myself in the same situation as yourself. Although I haven’t come across this divine syrup while strolling down the isles of my local grocery store yet, but I’m sure if and when I do, it will somehow make it’s way into my grocery basket.

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Nancy March 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I think you would love working with this ingredient – it has a wonderful flavor – different from honey and deeper and richer than corn syrup!

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Allison [Haute Box] March 11, 2011 at 10:06 am

i love the sprinkle of salt on top. these look delightful!

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Nancy March 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I love the salt too – especially with the caramel!!

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the urban baker March 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

What a beautiful photograph, Nancy. Being a caramel lover, I have always wanted to make this dessert. You’ve inspired my weekend baking!

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Nancy March 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Thanks Susan – I think I am starting to get a handle on this photography business!! These are really easy to make and so decadent!!

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Judy March 12, 2011 at 6:17 am

Chocolate…caramel…what’s not to like? Makes me want to plan dessert for dinner first :)

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Nancy March 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I know, these are definitely a weakness of mine!!

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Kate March 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

You will find golden syrup in most Aussie cook’s pantries – it goes into Anzac cookies !

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Nancy March 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Oooh… haven’t made those in ages – I am so glad you mentioned them!!!

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Kristen March 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I am totally bookmarking this to try soon! Yum! I love everything about these bars.

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Nancy March 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I hope you enjoy them – totally decadent but oh so good!!

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Magic of Spice March 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

You know I really don’t mind your compulsive buying habits at all :) These look and sound perfectly wonderful!

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Nancy March 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Phew!! Now if I could just convince my husband of that….

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My Man's Belly March 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

And mine are coming in the mail when?

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Nancy March 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm

As soon as I finish this semester… promise!!!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 14, 2011 at 1:46 am

You just reminded me that I have some Golden syrup in the pantry! I bought some a long time ago when I was at Surfas, which is a really dangerous store for me to be in because I always come home with a ton of new things. Anyhow, it’s been sitting there forever and I never think to use it. This certainly sounds like a great way to put it to use.

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Lauren March 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Oh my!!!! These look and sound absolutely fabulous.

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Nancy March 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Hi Lauren,

Glad that you like the look of these and I have to say they are really good – definitely worth the splurge!!

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Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls March 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Those are beautiful! LOVE this combo of flavors… I’m already drooling thinking about eating these!!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary

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Nancy March 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Hi Mary!!

I am so glad that you stopped by!! These are truly decadent and worth every calorie!!!

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Suzanne March 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Just tried these today. Easy recipe and they came out delicious! I don’t think Lyle’s syrup is a available where I live so I used agave nectar. Thanks for the recipe.

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Nancy April 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Hi Suzanne,
Glad you liked the bars and the agave would be a great substitute. Lyle’s is a bit hard to find in some places but if you see it, pick up a can – it has a nice deep flavor like honey without the floral notes!

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sophistimom April 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Love Caramel Slice. Australians are food geniuses, aren’t they?

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san bernardino personal injury attorney May 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

These look fantastic!! I can’t wait to give them a try, but I think I might sneak some pretzels in there some where :D Great post, and thanks for sharing!

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